After 40 years of being tucked away in Cornwall Park, the City Parks and Recreation Department administrative offices are moving to City Hall, located at 210 Lottie Street. The offices will occupy the space left vacant by the Public Works Department after they re-located to the Federal Building late last year. The move is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
The building currently housing the Parks administrative offices in Cornwall Park at 3424 Meridian Street has seen many uses. Before Parks moved in, the cottage-like structure was used as a private residence, then a lawn bowling club, and finally a care-takers house. After the move, the building will be demolished and removed to make way for trail and parking improvements and native habitat planting. The new trail will connect to the recently unveiled Squalicum Creek segment of the Bay to Baker trail.
“Leaving this place we have called home for so many years is bittersweet, but we have outgrown our current office. We look forward to serving the community at City Hall.” said Leslie Bryson, City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Director. The Parks administrative offices on Meridian Street will be closed at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 and will re-open in City Hall on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8:00 a.m.